By Steve Powell
MARYSVILLE – Emmorie Boas and Loren C. Anderson, seniors at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, are April’s Girl and Boy of the Month, as chosen by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs.
Loren is the school’s valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average, so he will be giving a speech at graduation in June.
His passion is percussion. He plays drums in the jazz ensemble, marching band, concert band and the pit orchestra.
With the band he has been involved in the Marysville Strawberry Festival, Merrysville for the Holidays and Mill Creek Veterans Day parades.
He is on the honor society and received a Community Service Recognition Award from the Marysville Rotary.
He has taken many college courses in high school including Language Arts, Algebra, Chemistry, Composition, U.S. History, Calculus and Statistics.
Other community service includes helping with the food bank, toy drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and 116th Street Cleanup.
He also volunteers to help struggling students through tutoring, and helped special needs students make Valentine’s Day cards.
He plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane and major in electrical engineering or computer science, possibly continuing in grad school after that.
Emmorie has a passion for art and dance, but for a career she wants to go into psychology, but minor in dance or art.
“I find the mind interesting,” she said, adding she plans to get a doctorate.
Emmorie has been dancing since she was 3, being part of the Marysville Performing Arts Center for 15 years.
She teaches 7- to 11-year-olds how to dance at the center.
She hopes to one day be a part-time dance instructor.
She has a 3.5 gpa, and has taken college-level courses in U.S. History, art, language and composition, calculus and literature.
For community service, she has weeded garden beds and painted building at M-P.
She is also a teacher assistant for Advanced Placement classes.
The past three years she has been involved in the Charity Dance Project, which most-recently raised $2,000 for the University of Washington program Forefront.
Through her Allen Creek Community Church she has painted murals and helps lead a young adults class called Next Door, which discusses current issues.
She also works at Joann Fabric and Crafts part-time.
Emmorie said she is inspired by her grandparents, who got married after two months of dating and have been married for 50 years.
She said they surround her with a “pillow of love.”